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Is it possible to mediate a high asset divorce?

When Kansas spouses decide their marriages are no longer viable, they often choose to go their separate ways. In a high asset divorce, property division issues may be a central focus of settlement negotiations. It is not always the case, however, that such situations must be resolved through litigation; many couples opt for mediation to achieve agreeable terms.

Mediated divorces are often less expensive and less time-consuming than those that are litigated. Spouses considering this path to settlement will want to make sure they can fulfill the requirements. For instance, both spouses must agree to engage in peaceful discussion to resolve disagreements, such as issues regarding marital assets or liabilities, as well as child-related topics, such as custody or financial support.

Spouses choosing to mediate a divorce must also agree to avoid certain topics of discussion during mediation sessions, such as rehashing marital problems or criticizing each other. Instead, the purpose of the meetings is centrally focused on achieving a settlement that is agreeable to both parties and accomplished in a noncontentious manner. It is quite possible to settle a divorce without ever stepping foot inside a courtroom.

On the other hand, some spouses negotiating high asset divorce give their best effort toward mediation but find that it does not work out as they had hoped. In such cases, spouses may switch to litigation. An experienced Kansas family law attorney can explain the differences between a mediated and litigated divorce and can help determine which option best fits a particular set of circumstances.